Italy v Costa Rica

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ preview: Italy v Costa Rica

Match number: 24

Nicknames: Gli Azzurri “The Blues” (Italy), Ticos “Costa Rican natives” (Costa Rica)

Coaches: Cesare Prandelli (Italy), Jorge Luis Pinto (Costa Rica)

Key players: Mario Balotelli, Andrea Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Bryan Ruiz, Álvaro Saborío, Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)

Best ever FIFA World Cup™ finishes: Italy has won the FIFA World Cup™ four times: 1934, 1938, 1982 and in 2006. They are looking to equal Brazil’s record five crowns. Costa Rica reached the Round of 16 in 1990, their first appearance.

Rivalry history: The only ever meeting between Italy and Costa Rica came in a 1994 friendly in Connecticut that Italy won 1-0.